Thursday, February 22, 2007
The Gist of Emergency Medicine
The Gist of Emergency Medicine is just that. This concise little book grew from a collection of notes written by the author to help him pass the American Board exams. Since then it has grown to fill a niche for candidates wishing to brush up on the essentials as they prepare for their own emergency medicine (EM) qualifying exams. But The Gist does more than exam preparation. It is full of wise tips for dealing with patients during busy shifts, and it prompted me to perform a mental self-assessment.The "Gist of Emergency Medicine" began as a one-page outline by Dr. Hebb in 1987 when he was preparing to take the oral board examination in Emergency Medicine. By 1990, the single page worksheet had become a hobby of passionate dedication and was now a short but comprehensive "overview" of the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Not only could one use the "book" to study for the oral boards, by now it was also possible to review the entire specialty to freshen the neuronal synapses after a vacation or scan the treatment for a disease or condition encountered while working your "shift."
Dr. Hebb on one hand uses our philosophers (and his own philosophy) to place our specialty in perspective - such as Demming's words "it is so easy to be wise after the event, and condemn as negligence that which is a misadventure". On the other hand, we are treated to a new, useful set of bedside treatment mnemonics such as "AACBC - FUNM - GTAAFF - HPD
Author:Micheal Hebb, M.D
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